Jordan Archaeological Museum
Jordan Archaeological Museum was built in 1951 on the Citadel
Hill in Amman. It houses artefacts from all the archaeological
sites in the country. The collection is arranged in chronological
order and represents ancient items of daily life such as pottery,
glass, flint and metal tools, as well as monumental materials
such as inscriptions and statuaries. The museum also houses
several jewellery inscription statuary and coin collections.
The archaeological periods
represented in the museum are:
1. The Paleolithic
(1000,000 – 10,000 years ago).
2. The Pre-pottery
Neolithic (8300-5500 BC).
3. The Pottery Neolithic
4. The Chalcolithic
5. The Early Bronze
Age (3300-1900 BC).
6. The Middle Bronze
Age (1900-1550 BC).
7. The Late Bronze
Age (1550-1200 BC).
8. The Iron Age (1200-550
9. The Persian Period/Iron
III (550-350 BC).
10. The Hellenistic
Period (332-63 BC).
11. The Nabataean Period
(312 BC-AD 106).
12. The Roman Period
(63 BC – AD 324).
13. The Byzantine Period
(AD 324 – 636).
14. The Islamic Era
(AD 636 – the present).
a- The Umayyad Period (AD 661 – 750).
b- The Abbasid Period (AD 661 –750).
c- The Ayyubid/Mamluk Period (AD 1173 –1516).
Among the most important exhibits
in the museum are the plaster statues from ‘Ain Ghazal, dating
back to around 6000 BC, and the Dead Sea bronze scroll written
in Aramaic characters.
Opening Hours : 08:00- 18:00, on Friday 09:00 – 16:00, no closing
The Jordan Folklore Museum is located within the western section
of the Roman Theatre in Amman. This museum was founded by the
Department of Antiquities and officially opened in 1975. The
museum houses items representing the following Jordanian cultures:
The culture of the desert
The culture of the villages
The culture of the towns
and cities (Madineh).
The collection of the museum
represents items of daily life from the nineteenth and early
twentieth centuries, such as:
1. Costumes of the various
areas in Jordan.
2. Utensils used for food preparation,
making bread, coffee, and tea.
Opening Hours : 08:00- 18:00,
on Friday 09:00 – 16:00, no closing days.
Jordanian Museum of Popular Traditions
The Jordanian Museum of Popular Traditions was established in
1971. The museum is located within the eastern section of the
Roman Theatre in Amman. Its aims are to collect Jordanian and
Palestinian folk heritage from all over Jordan, to protect and
conserve this heritage and to present it for future generations.
The museum is also concerned with introducing our popular heritage
to the world.
The museum has five exhibition halls. The first hall is dedicated
to the traditional costumes of the East Bank. In the second
hall, the traditional jewellery and cosmetic items of the various
regions in the East and West Banks are on display.
The third hall contains a collection of Palestinian costumes
and heard-dresses. In the fourth hall there is a collection
of pottery and wooden cooking pots and food preparation vessels,
as well as a collection of silver jewellery and bridal dresses
from the West Bank. The fifth hall, which is in a vault of the
Roman Theatre, houses a collection of mosaics from Byzantine
churches in Jerash and Madaba.
Opening Hours : 08:00- 18:00, on Friday 09:00 – 16:00, no closing
Archaeological Museum / University of Jordan
A small archaeological museum was initially established at the
University of Jordan in 1962. The museum was later expanded
and transferred to its present location; the new building was
officially opened in1986.
The museum has exhibition halls, research workshops, photography
and draughting rooms, and a conservation laboratory. The objectives
of the museum are as follows:
To intensify knowledge of
Jordan’s cultural heritage throughout the ages.
To organize traveling and
temporary exhibits in Jordan and abroad.
To continually develop the
museum in accordance with the scientific status of the university.
To establish cooperation
with national and international scientific departments and
Documentation of the museum
processes, starting with obtaining the cultural material
up to labeling, conserving, displaying and properly storing
Preparation of accurate
and comprehensive lists of the objects on display and in
Teaching of the applied
courses in archaeology.
The museum is an academic
centre striving to develop and research archaeology by offering
facilities to the teaching staff at the Department of Archaeology
at the University.
Opening Hours : 08:00 – 17:00,
closed on Friday & Saturday.
The Anthropological Museum / University of Jordan
The idea of establishing an anthropological museum at the University
of Jordan started in 1977, to serve as an application grounds
for theoretical courses taught at the Department of Sociology
concerning social life in Jordanian society.
Originally, students of the anthropology classes gathered elements
of Jordanian heritage from their own homes and donated them
to the university, and an exhibition of Jordanian folk heritage
took place in 1981. Consequently the exhibition developed into
the present museum through the concern of the president of the
The museum houses collections of modern Jordanian heritage,
tools made by Jordanian people from their natural environment
to meet their needs and demand. The collections of the museum
are displayed according to their material and functions. They
include agricultural tools, costumes, cosmetic items, and furniture,
drinking and eating vessels, tents, and equipment for animals.
The objective of the establishment of the museum is to preserve
modern Jordanian heritage as a testimony to the accomplishments
of Jordanian society and its interaction with the environment.
The museum also aims at offering means to study Jordanian society
during a specific period of its history through the material
cultural objects, especially those concerned with eating, drinking,
costume and agriculture.
Opening Hours : 08:00 – 17:00, closed on Friday & Saturday.
Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts
The Royal Society for Fine Arts established the Jordan National
Gallery for Fine Arts at Jabal Al Weibdeh in Amman. A special
wing for temporary exhibits was opened in 1984. The main aims
of the Gallery are:
1. The patronage of contemporary
art in Jordan, the Arab countries, and the developing world.
2. Exchange of exhibitions
between the gallery and other museums and cultural organizations
3. Organizing and participating
in seminars, conferences, and symposia pertaining to art
and culture within and outside Jordan.
Since its establishment, the
Gallery has greatly expanded. Its collection, which started
with around 50 works of art, amounts now to almost 2000, consisting
of works by 520 artists from 43 Arab and Islamic countries,
ranging from Brunei in the Pacific to Morocco on the Atlantic,
and from Turkey and Iran on the Caspian Sea to Pakistan on the
Indian Ocean. The Society has organized more than fifty exhibitions
drawn from major sources in Europe and America, such as the
Center Pompidou in Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in
London, the Geneva Museum of History and Art and the Harvard
Semitic Museum, for display in Amman. Turkish museums, the Museum
of Modern Art in Cairo, as well as other collections in the
Arab World have sent special exhibitions on loan to the Jordan
From its own collection, the Royal Society of Fine Arts has
sent major exhibitions abroad to France, Turkey, Poland, and
Opening Hours : 09:00 – 17:00, closed on Tuesday & Friday.
Numismatics Museum Central Bank of Jordan
The area of the Central Bank of Jordan Museum exceeds 400 sq
m, and its collections include over 2200 coins. The museum was
officially opened in 1988.
Jordan is an important part of the Arab region and the world.
The political and historical situations affecting it were reflected
on the coins circulated in the country since the introduction
of coinage to the Near East in the 4th century BC.
Special emphasis on:
1. Jordanian coinage throughout
the ages, such as Nabataean coins, of the Decapolis and
the early Islamic Arabiszd coins.
2. Coinage of the Islamic periods
and of the ruling dynasties in the Muslim world, where inscription
replaced the earlier personifications and portraits on the
Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Sassanid coins. The inscriptions
were originally verses from the Holy Qur'an, and within
a century they documented the name of the caliph and date
and place of issue.
3. Hashemite coinage and notes,
starting with the issues of Sherif Hussein Bin Ali in Hijaz,
through the Syrian issues of His Majesty Faysal I in 1920,
then the Iraqi issues of their Majesties Faysal I, Ghazi
I and Faysal II. Lastly the Jordanian issues from 1949 onwards.
Opening hours : 08:00 - 16:00,
closed on Friday & Saturday.
The Exhibition of Arab Heritage and Recent Discoveries
The Exhibition of Arab Heritage and Recent Discoveries was opened
in 1992, at the Department of Antiquities in Amman. This exhibition
aims at introducing Jordan to the Arab cultural heritages throughout
the ages, as well as exhibiting recent archaeological discoveries.
On display in the exhibition presently are precious artefacts,
pottery, glass and weapons dating to the Bronze Age and Nabataean
and Roman periods, as well as inscriptions, gold Islamic coins
and the silver Ptolemaic hoard recently discovered at Iraq Al-Amir.
The exhibition also has some Byzantine and early Islamic mosaics
from different regions of the kingdom on display, as well as
replicas of architectural elements from the temples of the Winged
Lions and Qasr Al-Bint in Petra, and the limestone heads of
the water nymphs recently discovered at the Nymphaeum in Amman.
This exhibition is devoted to recent archaeological discoveries
from the excavations carried out by the Department of Antiquities
of Jordan. The exhibits will be transferred to the various Jordanian
museums after the conclusion of their study and publication.
The displays are therefore changed annually.
In addition to the exhibits mentioned above, the present exhibition
includes a collection of Safaitic and Kufic inscriptions from
the area of Mafraq. It is expected that a special exhibition
of ancient Arabic inscriptions be opened featuring Nabataean,
Kufic and other Islamic inscriptions found in the areas of Shbeikah
Opening Hours : 08:00 – 15:00, closed on Friday & Saturday.
Royal Automobile Museum
Driving Through the Automotive Journey of Jordan
The Royal Automobile Museum
depicts the history of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, from
the early 1920s until the present day.
The featured cars highlight the life of His Majesty the late
King Hussein and his reign, as well as the many aspects of his
The museum affords the visitor
an insight into the history of the Kingdom through the exhibited
cars from the era of King Abdullah I, the founder of the Kingdom,
to the current era of His Majesty King Abdullah II. These exhibits
recap the development of the Kingdom in pace with the automotive
advancement in the country and its transformation since the
Great Arab Revolt during World War I.
Rare photo archives and video footage are used throughout the
museum. A multimedia room, a library, as well as a souvenir
shop are available to provide the visitor with a comprehensive
and stimulating historical experience.
The museum is the first in Jordan equipped with a personal electronic
narration in five languages. Our EasyGuide system allows you
to enjoy an in-depth and comprehensive visit of the museum at
your own pace. The narration is available in Arabic, English,
Spanish, French, and German. A children's version in Arabic
is also available.
Residents: 3 JD with EasyGuides
Tourists: 5 JD with EasyGuides
10:00 – 19:00, Friday 11:00 – 19:00, closed on Tuesday.
King Hussein Park
TEL: (+962) 6 541 1392
FAX: (+962) 6 541 2270
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The Children's Museum
Designed for children aged 14 and under, the facilities provided
by the museum include: an exhibit hall, a multi-purpose hall,
a children’s library and IT center, an activity room, an outdoor
exhibit area, an outdoor theatre, a museum shop, a birthday
room, a cafe and a planetarium - a must see for all visitors
coming to Jordan with their families.
Opening Hours : 09:00 – 18:00, Friday 10:00 – 19:00, closed
The Jordan Museum
The Jordan Museum is in the dynamic new downtown area of Ras al-‘Ayn. Presenting the history and cultural heritage of Jordan in a series of beautifully designed galleries, The Jordan Museum serves as a comprehensive national centre for learning and knowledge that reflects Jordan’s history and culture, and presents in an engaging yet educational way the Kingdom’s historic, antique and heritage property as part of the ongoing story of Jordan’s past, present, and future.
Opening Hours : 10:00 – 17:00, Friday 14:00 – 17:00, closed on Monday.
TIRAZ is a Jordan-based, non-governmental organization that is home to the largest existing collection of Palestinian and Jordanian traditional costumes. Over a period of 50 years, with pieces form the 19th and 20th centuries, the collection has grown to include over 2000 items of costumes, weavings, home utensils and jewelry. This collection stemmed from a passion to preserve a disappearing heritage, whether due to occupation or rapid modernization and urbanization Arab countries` rich cultural heritage and living traditions.
19 Riyadh Al Mifleh st.
Jabal Amman (between 4th and 5th circles - next to Dove Hotel).
Tel: +962 6 592 7531
Opening Hours: Sun,Tue,Wed,Thur 11:00 - 17:00, Saturdays 11:00 – 19:00 , closed on Monday and Friday.